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Old 21.04.2011, 01:07
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ex-Swiss Colonel & P26 member passes away in Ireland

A controversial former colonel in Switzerland’s intelligence service has died in Ireland, according to an obituary notice in a Swiss newspaper on Wednesday.

Albert Bachmann had been a communist as a young man, but later became a convinced cold warrior. In 1976 he set up a secret army of about 2,000 men and women whose task was to resist any foreign occupation force.


He owned property in Ireland where he built holiday villas to which the Swiss government could have fled in case of war, and arranged for the gold reserves of the National Bank to be flown out of the country in Swissair planes should it ever become necessary.

When these secret activities came to light in 1979, a scandal erupted. The then defence minister, Georges-André Chevallaz was furious and Bachmann was forcibly retired.



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What made Mr Chevallaz furious were
- to establish a secret army
- NOT to inform the Bundesrat about his Irish activities
- to misuse public institutions for extreme right-wing propaganda

The Soldatenbuch was well-written but clearly militaristic, but that "Zivilverteidigungsbuch" landed in the "old paper". And Mr VonMoos was a typical old-fashioned and stubborn ColdWar-Warrior, quite the contrary to open-minded FDP Bundesrat Chevallaz (together with Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, also from FDP Waadtland one of the best).
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Re: ex-Swiss P26 Colonel passes away in Ireland

The title of the thread is wrong. Bachmann never was a "P26 Colonel." He was the commander of the Spezialdienste (Special Services), a similar stay-behind organization when the scandal of 1979 broke out. As a consequence, the whole project got totally transformed, which eventually led to the creation of the P-26.
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Old 21.04.2011, 10:41
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Re: ex-Swiss P26 Colonel passes away in Ireland

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What made Mr Chevallaz furious were
- to establish a secret army
- NOT to inform the Bundesrat about his Irish activities
- to misuse public institutions for extreme right-wing propaganda

The Soldatenbuch was well-written but clearly militaristic, but that "Zivilverteidigungsbuch" landed in the "old paper". And Mr VonMoos was a typical old-fashioned and stubborn ColdWar-Warrior, quite the contrary to open-minded FDP Bundesrat Chevallaz (together with Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, also from FDP Waadtland one of the best).
One should definitely watch Beresina to appreciate this period... that's as close as I can get, since I only experienced the end of the cold war..
Do you know of anybody that still has a copy of the Zivi by any chance? I'd love to have a browse through that...
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Old 21.04.2011, 15:56
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One should definitely watch Beresina to appreciate this period... that's as close as I can get, since I only experienced the end of the cold war..
Do you know of anybody that still has a copy of the Zivi by any chance? I'd love to have a browse through that...
Sure, HERE :

Zentralbibliothek Zürich
Zähringerplatz 6
8001 Zürich
Tel +41 (0)44 268 31 00
Fax +41 (0)44 268 32 90
zb@zb.uzh.ch

www.zb.unizh.ch


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Old 21.04.2011, 16:11
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One lunatic less...
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Old 21.04.2011, 17:16
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If you understand French, the TSR has 2 documentaries on Bachmann and the P26 viewable online:
http://archives.tsr.ch/dossier-resea.../politique-p26
http://archives.tsr.ch/dossier-resea...tique-bachmann
An I agree, Beresina oder... is a great comedy on the subject. Viewable in VOD on Netflix.
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